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Common Legal Challenges Faced by Texas Surface Owners in Oil & Gas Development

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Produced on May 13, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Oil, Gas, & Energy

Course Description

This course, presented by Texas oil and gas law attorney Joshua Stein, covers some of the common issues that Texas urban and rural surface owners face in oil and gas development. It is intended to be an introductory course for general practitioners with little oil and gas experience. The program will provide a helpful overview of surface use agreements, easements, roads, and pipelines. These areas are of importance to real estate practitioners, but also of particular importance to oil & gas attorneys and title examiners. Finally, the program will discuss the state’s plan to protect the soon-to-be extinct sagebrush lizard.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the various types of easements in Texas
  2. Gain an overview of surface use agreements in Texas, including common agreement provisions
  3. Identify common legal challenges surface owners might encounter with regards to roads and pipelines
  4. Discuss the state’s conservation plan to protect the soon-to-be extinct sagebrush lizard, and its impact on oil and gas companies

Credit Information

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Josh Stein

Fergus & Fergus

Josh Stein is a Texas oil and gas title attorney and graduate of Boston College Law School. The majority of his practice is dedicated to drafting drilling and division order title opinions. He has written title opinions on tracts throughout Texas, including lands bounded by avulsive rivers and pooled units within urban subdivisions. 

Josh Stein has also represented landowners in matters involving surface use agreements, termination of nonproductive leases, and nonpayment of oil and gas royalties. In addition to oil and gas, he has represented clients on matters involving public beach access rights and hurricane relief on Galveston Island.


Robert E. J.

Very good presentation

Russell M.

John Stein is GREAT! Terrific sense of humor.

Joel H.

Very good presentation.

Dede F.

Best one yet

David L S.

Always special when the course is specific to Texas. Great presentation.

Greg V.

Very interesting really enjoyed.

Maxwell Z.

Very interesting.

William A.

Some interesting insights into a confusing area of the law.

Lawrence L.

this guy stein is very good. have him do more of these courses. nice work.

Michael F.

very good and comprehensive beyond expectation

Nola Jan Fisher G.

Outstanding speaker!

Juliana A.

Great instruction

John A.

Very interesting, engaging presentation with good touch of humor and practical application - good CLE style to keep us involved.

Stephen E.

Humorous, yet very practical primer on oil & gas rights.

Jay V.

Really enjoyed listening to this guy... like have'n some pizza... learning about surface rights.

Joseph T.

Fabulous knowledge for beginners in the field. Save the lizard!

Viktoria S.


Brian P.

Another excellent oil and gas CLE.

Jane F.

Excellent summary of the case law.

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